We’re so close to the end of 2019 now, and I’ve kept up with wrap ups all year! An achievement! I seem to have finally broken out of my slump, having read 9 books and started 2 others. This month I also surpassed my goodreads goal of 100 books! I am so excited by this, as I read 75 last year and thought that was absolutely crazy. 100 seemed like a number that I saw everyone on Instagram reach, but would never attain myself, so I’m very proud of having achieved it this year! Now, without further ado, here are the books I read in November!
1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson – 3 Stars
This was eerie and interesting – the sort of book that I would have loved to pick apart and write an essay on in school. However, enjoyment wise I just didn’t totally click with it. It was a bit style-over-substance and I just wanted more from it.
2 & 3. Fence Volume 2 and Fence Volume 3 by C.S. Pacat – 3 Stars
I’m lumping these together to write about, because I read them back to back and just don’t have enough to say about them individually. I really like the concept of this story and these characters, but we’re 3 volumes in now and I just don’t feel like we’ve made enough movement in a 1 1/2 year time period. The volumes are so short and the story hasn’t progressed much – I feel like I’d be waiting years to get the progression that these characters deserve. However, I have heard that after the 4th volume which will come out next year will be the last in this format, and then it will be moving to full length book. I love this idea and am really looking forward to more news about this.
4. The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater – 3 Stars
I don’t want to sit and trash this series, and I’ve spoken about why I’ve not fallen in love with it before, so I won’t say too much. However, I just don’t seem to connect with this series really at all. The atmosphere and plotline is just not my favourite and I didn’t really care for the characters hugely. I’ve really tried to like this series, and it’s not that I hate it or think it’s really bad, it’s just not really for me.
5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – No rating (reread – original rating: 5 Stars)
This was a reread, again, and I just love it so so so much!
6. The Wicked King by Holly Black – No rating (reread – original rating: 5 Stars)
Same as above!
7. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – 5 Stars
OH BOY! This was a wild ride and I loved it so so so so so so much. These are my favourite characters, and I adore how brutal it is. This conclusion was everything I wanted it to be, and it was actually much more magical than previous books in the series, which again, I really loved. Just seriously, if you’ve not read this trilogy yet you should absolutely pick it up.
8. American Royals by Katherine McGee – 4 Stars
I won’t talk about this too much, because I’m currently about to put up a review on it! Head back to my homepage to find it!
9. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – No rating (reread – original rating: 4 Stars)
I really enjoyed rereading this. I’ve not revisted it since I originally read it, and I think I enjoyed it even more after knowing the characters and what happens next. It was just so enjoyable to go back to the start and get to know these characters again.
I also started Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, which I’m sure you’ll see in my December wrap up, and read the first story from Sword of Destiny by Andrej Sapkovski (Book 2 of The Witcher), which I am going to try and finish before the TV series is released on Netflix in December!